In August of 2005, we had a German exchange student come live with us for a couple of months. For the first couple of weeks, she and I both used our dictionaries quite a bit. I bought this book, and she brought from Germany a larger one that was just too big and heavy to carry around, and a tiny purse sized one that didn't have enough words in it. I bought this one and kept it in my car. This one was really the best for everyday situations. I highly recommend this book.